BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: Meet the Tall, Dark & Handsome Dude Behind those Smooth Lyrics – Vector Tha Viper is Unveiled, Single & Searching!

Vector Tha Viper (real name Olanrewaju Ogunmefun) is widely celebrated as one of Nigeria’s most talented young rappers. As a good lyricist and talented rapper, he delivers great performances on every track he features on and has set himself apart as a force to reckon with in the music industry.
Vector’s journey into Hip Hop dates back to the year 1996 when he was actively involved in social activities, entertaining his peers as a young rapper. In 1999, he formed a group ‘Badder Boiz’ and they recorded their first demo series in 1999. However, his career has grown in leaps since then.
Vector is officially signed to YSG Entertainment. He released his first official single Kilode featuring Emmsong in 2010 and has gone on to record more hit tracks such as Get Down featuring 2Face Idibia and Angeli featuring 9ice. With every new release, he takes the challenge upon himself to trump his previous performance.
He has one album, State of Surprise to his credit and is currently working on the release of his mix tape Bar Racks and his second album.
In this exclusive interview with Adeola Adeyemo, the Philosophy graduate from University of Lagos speaks about breaking into the industry and gives a no holds barred insight into the man behind the music.

The Rise of Vector
You have a very interesting name, Vector Tha Viper. How did you come about that name?
I just came across the word ‘Vector’ and for some funny reason it just stayed. It’s just one of those stuff I had learnt before. I had always known Vectors but until the day we were in class and the teacher explained it, it just stuck. I did some more findings and I realized there were vectors in Biology, in Maths, in English and I just said since this guy is everywhere, I might as well be a Vector. And Viper is the symbol of the poison of music.

You’ve warmed your way into the hearts of music listeners across the world with good music ever since you broke out into the scene. Tell me, when and how did you discover your love for rap?
It was somewhere around 1996. I was super young at that time and it actually hindered my growth with the people that I learnt rap from because I was annoyingly too young to roll with all those men with beards and hair on their chest and I was catching up fast. One fateful day, I was walking past and I heard some people doing something and they had people gathered around them and I just listened. It was fun to me. In summary, that just grew into this right now.

You must have been a bit rusty at the beginning. How were you able to develop your skills to get to the level that you are at now?
With rap, it just comes natural. I reason a lot, I think about what people have said, what is going on and it just sort of grows into this. I didn’t learn rap from the foreigners, I learnt from Nigerians. I got inspired by Nigerian boys who are good. Also, in the University, there were a lot of freestyle battles and for some funny reason, I never lost.

Tell me about your University days. How did you combine your studies with developing your talent as a rap artiste?
University was cool for me. I wasn’t that type that would fall under the depression of peer pressure. I just kept a low profile with a lot of stuff I did. Nurturing my talent and studying as well was kinda easy for me because all I ever did was listen in class. I’d listen to what you say and I would never forget. Everybody just knew that I was going to do music somehow somehere but I wanted a degree as well.

How has the journey been for you so far? Describe it in a few words.
It’s been very enlightening.

Do you have any regrets, anything you wish you had done differently and wish you could change?
Everything works together for the good of those that love God, so they say. I guess it’s the reason why I am who I am. I don’t know if I would want to change anything.

If there is any rapper that has been on a lot of collaborations in recent times, it’s you. From collaborations with up to 10 rappers or a single artiste, you’ve been on a lot of tracks. Tell me, why does it seem like you are everywhere?
The collaboration part was to prove that I could do good repeatedly over different genres of music. That part where I would get on a juju track and do good, get on a street song, on a love song and still do good. Most importantly, people appreciated my voice and my skill on their music, and a lot of times I got paid for that.

Your kind of rap has been linked to the American rapper, Jay-Z more than a few times. Lots of people say you sound like him. How does that make you feel?
The good side to that is that I’m being compared with one of the greatest. The other part is where they don’t really listen to the message or the info, they only think of the voice. There must be somebody you also sound like, it could be your Mom, could be your sister. If you called my phone and I gave it to my elder brother to answer, you won’t know the difference. Does that make my elder brother me? No.

While doing some research on you, I came across some allegations that you took some jabs at famous artistes like Dbanj, Timaya, Terry G, Durella on some of your tracks. Is this true cos really, I don’t get to hear all the lyrics when you rap?
You know there is the real information and the perceived information. Most of the people who wrote that were going with perceived information. I am cool with Dbanj, I have a song with Timaya. If I laid reference to them, the question is what way did I lay the reference not in what way did they perceive the reference laid. It was not me taking jabs at them, it was just me making music. Some bloggers and fans took it out of context.

I also noticed that you’re quite excited about your record label, YSG, and you give a lot of credit to them on social media.
For artistes who are upcoming, they know the value of having the type of opportunity I have. In my own case, I’m just being very grateful to the people who have come a long way with helping me exhibit my talent.

What has been the most fulfilling point of your music career since you started out?
I won’t say I’ve had the most fulfilling point yet. But one time when I was a little head swollen was the time when I was nominated for the Hip Hop World Awards with Modenine and others as Lyricist on the Roll. I could have been nominated for the Best Rap Act but straight up to Lyricist on the Roll was quite great for me.

The Man Behind the Music
Tell me more about the person behind the music. Who is Olanrewaju Ogunmefun?
Lanre is a regular guy but not the average guy. I want to believe my thought patterns are not the same in any way if compared to what you women call the average Nigerian man. I am a very opinionated person. I have my own opinion about stuff, I would listen to you but I’ve always been a skeptical person with how I receive information. I believe life is too simple to be as complex as people make it.

Where did you grow up and what are your fondest childhood memories?
I spent most of my childhood at MaCarthy Barracks at Onikan, Lagos. I had all the greatest fun. We had the days when we’d dress in Ninja Turtle costumes, all of us. We’d have Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michael Angelo and we’d now be fighting for who to be Master Splinter. I had friends from all over, Hausa friends, Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Tiv. My elder brother was always trying to keep me away from trouble. It was just fun.

If I take a look inside your wallet, what would I find?
Have you ever lost your wallet before and you felt like drying? By the way, drying is a mixture of dying and crying. You know when you have all your stuff in your wallet, your ATM, and you just misplace it. And when you have money in your wallet, it is usually your all in all at that moment. I’ve always prayed to not be that guy that says “please I lost my wallet Sir, I need money to go home”. So I don’t use wallets.

Talking More Personal
You’ve really had an interesting career journey and it was great getting to hear about it. But let’s talk about other interesting stuff now. Can you recall your earliest childhood crush on a girl?
I was the typical ‘young boy don’t play with girls’ kind of person until when I got to JS 2 and met one Maria Aluko girl. I used to keep the letters she wrote to me from school until when I got to the University.  When I got to read those letters later on, it was super funny. She would write something like ‘I bought you a chain and when I didn’t see you, I threw the chain away and I cried.’

That’s really sweet. But on the flip side, have you ever had your heart broken by someone you love?
Nope. I never really get too attached to anything. I’m not doing music the way I am now because I’m too attached to it, but because it’s a gift. I’m not trying too hard. So I never tried too hard to hold on to something. But I know there was a time I was going to take a bullet for my girlfriend. There was a shootout and she was with me and I had to shield her.

What is the most embarrassing thing a girl has ever said or done to you?
Maria and I lost contact for a while in Secondary school and then when I was about to write my GCE we met again and one day we were walking together and I asked her “Babe, has anything changed?” and she was like “I don’t understand you’ and I said “Has anything changed with us?” and she said “Was there ever an ‘us’?”

Ouch, sorry.  That must have hurt. You said you never get too attached to anything. Are you trying to say you are not attached to anyone at the moment?
No I’m not. Attachment comes with a lot of headache.

Why is that so? Is it that you’ve not found someone interesting or the girls don’t find you interesting?
I’m at that stage in my life where a lot of people find me interesting but I don’t know what the reasons are. But it’s basically my advice from my Mum. She says, ‘When it’s not serious, do not send the signal that it’s serious’. Basically meaning, when you’re not ready to be serious, do not try to act like you’re serious. So right now, I can’t afford to be serious on that level because I have a lot of stuff I’m working on. When I’m in the studio, I’m out of earth. So all that attention and stuff, I tried it once, it didn’t really work.

I could tell you some of the reasons girls find you interesting. You’re talented, famous, tall, dark and handsome. Can’t you really see that?
I am a fan of moderation. With me, I’d not let anything they see as attractive about me being the carriage. It helps you better.

So, if you’re not attached to anyone then, are you searching? Do you want me to match make you with someone online?
You can try and match make me sha, let’s see how it goes. For some funny reason, I believe Bellanaija readers are decent people so, I might just get married online!

What qualities would attract you to a lady? What would make a lady stand out to you?
I know nothing is perfect so I’m not looking for a perfect woman. I’m looking for somebody imperfect enough to understand the nature of her man and the things surrounding her man. Then she must know how to cook because food is essential. Then decency cuts it for me. I want a very decent, clean babe. And she must be somebody that when I find it hard to do stuff, she doesn’t necessarily have to do it for me, she just has to encourage me to see the inner strength.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Give me four words.

OK, four words.
Real as can be.

It was really nice chatting with Vector and on behalf of Bellanaija.com, we wish him the very best. And hey, he said he’s searching for a lady so if you have the qualities he likes and would love to meet him, send him a message in the comment section and he just might respond to you.

Vector feat. 2Face Idibia – Get Down

Vector feat. 9ice – Angeli

63 Comments on BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: Meet the Tall, Dark & Handsome Dude Behind those Smooth Lyrics – Vector Tha Viper is Unveiled, Single & Searching!
  • blissy July 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    i jst love vector.

  • Partyrider July 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    V.E.C… I’m a huge fan.get down is my favorite song from him.
    Wish you all the best!

  • soso July 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    vector!!!! now i stand like kanu in 96.my best line and hes cute nt in ur face cute more like tu face cute.hes single???? bella can i send my no? he seems like an interesting guy.reminds me of tu face.ok i knw i have a thing for dark guys.love vector too cute.

  • Turn turn turner July 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Awwww never heard of him but after this interview I’m a fan of the man!

    Next to checking out the man’s music…

  • Lady D July 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    He is so talented!!! I wish him the best of luck and God Bless!!! :-)

  • annie July 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    LMAO i luv vector but am too young for him o lol

  • ogar dominic ogar July 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    the today is going round by music

  • marvel July 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Shebi he said he is not attached like 300 times now. Ah, ah?
    E be like sey Vector go tek style complex small. He is a true creative. See im stubborn face.

  • mnc_critic July 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    intelligent niqqa

  • beelicious July 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    vector me i sabi ur babe ohh…. u don lie well well

  • Justmeee July 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    The way he answered the ‘wallet’ question was strange/funny…..At first i thought he was lost!

  • P_007 July 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I kant shout easy on ma balu balu lol,(wat cud dat mean),i lyk hez wordplay prowess,if am 2 recomend a gal 2 v.e.c it shud b annie she seemz decent n ma kind of pesin

  • christy July 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Hahahah,bella naija commentators are decent pple,like seriously after he has said time that he has no time for girls,dat he is too occupied with his music,pls me too decent to force myself on a man,I have so many toaster already.I have never feel like going for celebrities,would luv to have them as friends,bt nothing more.on his musical stuff,I only know his song blcas of the artist he collaborate with,and they seem to steal his song,like outshine him.

    • Sansarai July 8, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Christy, I have come to expect only ignorant, judgemental, shallow and/or downright meaningless comments from you. Once again, you don’t disappoint…

  • Mary…………..@MissOladele July 7, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    omg!!!!!!!! I’m a HUGE HUGE Vector fan….he is so talented, i’m happy that he is single. yay! i’ve a shot/chance to marry him so every1 else should back off…loool!
    But yh, i hope I meet him one day sha

  • habba! July 8, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Since when did Nigerians start calling black men Tall, Dark & Handsome, we are such copycats! i’ve never seen an article call a black woman Tall, Dark, and Beautiful

    • zee July 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      This is such a shallow comment. Jeez! Pls go and sleep.

      • habba! July 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

        its actually not a shallow comment. its just the simple truth being presented to u! take it or leave it!

    • Tiki July 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Are ‘tall’, ‘dark’ and ‘handsome’ adjectives particular to a certain country and race?

      Next you’ll be asking since when Nigerians started rapping/ wearing jeans, and using internet. Mschew.

  • Riise July 8, 2012 at 3:24 am

    This Christy na Ogbono..big hater oshi!!!! V.E.C..Ya the man jare…don’t let a girl who can’t have you be forming ‘too good for a celeb’….Fan for life!

  • Kimberlee July 8, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Vector is really sexy,I think he got down with Goldie at some point sef before she went in for BBA.

  • Remi July 8, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Well, BN reader are decent!

  • @chocgirl_vivi July 8, 2012 at 7:00 am

    call me V.E.C! @chocgirl_vivi we have things in common; intelligence, decency ;) e.t.c

  • faith July 8, 2012 at 7:57 am

    i so wanted to hear his response wen dey asked if he was coping jazzy and i liked the way he answered it….love u vector….

  • purplepearl July 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Lol @ the Maria Aluko part, did u have to say her name….omg i can’t stop laughing. Nycc interview btw, u had ur way with words

  • @joy July 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Vector i like u. Can we be friends?

  • Igbojuwo Samuel July 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Luv Vector cos He’s alwaz setting da Pace & I believe He has more dan enuf 2 offer in d Industry. More power 2 ur elbow Baba

  • upshot of d After3 July 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I have been listening to vectors state of surprise album and its off the hook.As a rapper I would ℓikε to do some collabs with him.And I hate ot when pple say he sound ℓikε jay Z,everyone have someone the sound ℓikε so pple shld stop saying that* ish.I wld. ℓikε to meet u very soon.Vec keep the flag flying bro.I dey feel ur rap anyday.

  • Essy July 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    He’s cute but aint all dat..talented though

  • kingMuhammadXLIX July 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Luv vector so much, cos he’s always representing the hood. I can never forget the day he honoured the “informal” invitation to a M¢zone event held last year December. The way u fraternized with the guys in the hood was inspiring. I cant wait to hear u work with some of Mczone’s finest talents: fbl, chux harmonie, D invader and other promising acts.

  • YomYom July 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Wish I cld give him my sis though.. She fit cook for africa..Vector is too real to be human #NuffSaid

  • Sisiekomi July 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    You are doing good Vector!
    Wish you all the best!

  • fiesty _es July 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I always knew I had a chance wif vector holla @ ur girl dude ;)

  • Planet July 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I no get Sax. so make i blow ma trumpet. I’m an upcumin rapper. Want 2 knw if V.E.C fit huk me up wit Y.S.G. Hopin on a reply.

  • am_spicey July 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Awww so som girl gave my baby ELA chai! O wole sha Lol its all in d past nw sha.I hope u hold no grudge tho. N yea he’s a down 2 earth dude. Errrmmm no girlfriend??? Lipsealed

  • twinkle eyes July 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Marry me

  • malik July 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Much respect mehn love ur show of humility ggmyb

  • asoebi July 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Egbon mi vector e kare ooo e dagba e darugbo fiitila yin o ni daku

  • blunt n sassy July 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    A lot of guys need 2 learn a fing or 2 4rm vector.ders nofing lik bn humble n not leading a girl on u’ve jus earned my respect

  • black beauty July 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I love u vector

  • yetty July 9, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Y will anyone want 2 take some’1 dat said ‘I don’t get attached’ serz like really.anyway love ur song wif 9ice keep it up

  • David July 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Yea he’s alright but I’m not yet impressed

  • Ron July 9, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I believe we are yet 2 see vector at his best love ur album can’t wait 4 barracks 2 drop #ONDUN

  • Olamilekan oloko aka +1 July 9, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Am one of ur fanz am not a girl but i like d way u rap cos it flow like break danz sori if am using rymz cos dat d way a rapper like u rub mindz. Am plus one+1 i pray 2 be like u cos u re d right glasz

  • Mykoae omookun July 9, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Omo if dis guy is gay i can date him “gurls u re lucky oh” oh oops… I’ll stick 2 EVA allordiah jorh??? Oh ma gush?!
    He really makes me so fly am lukin down on a jetTA…VEE… HEE… CII…U re d best!!!. U knw?!its Mykoae_juwonlo

  • opeyemi July 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Iam impressed,u interview was interesting.I love u more
    Break a lag.Yay

  • Phemmy @lillurge July 9, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Ah lawv dis dude.. Ahm str8 no homo.. He’s jst 2 inteeeligent

  • Sansarai July 9, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Hmm…I now know how to get Vector’s attention and make him remember me for life. Ahem…here goes: “My sweetest Vector, I pick up my golden pen from the basket of love and education to say, how do you do? I hope you are doing well. If so, doxology. Vector, I loff you. I loff your music, your face (fine boy, no pimples) and everything about you. I want you to be the only cockroach in my cupboard, the only fly in my ointment and the sugar in my tea. I live in US but I can sail the seven seas for you. Please accept my humble patron Bella as a messenger of my love. I remain your greatest and most faithful admirer – Sansarai”

    Hehehe…Bella, you betta pass along my message to Vector o!

  • Amaka July 9, 2012 at 3:12 am

    I love ur way wit words,nice job dear

  • ola gbagbe oshi July 9, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Well for me I cal him lanre cos I neva knw his going to blow if av known I will cal him vector I love him u guys shd xpect more from him cos he knows hiMself weldone lanre go on.is ur homy ola gbagbe oshi.I want to see u everywhere in. Dis worLd so pls go on soun,is me ola gbagbe oshi

  • Tiki July 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Vector, if you see this, we have one thing in common – ‘real’. When I’m asked to describe myself, I say ‘I’m as real as it gets’. If you are real, and stay real, you’ll always be happy.

  • Tayo July 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

    nice interview

  • kehinde July 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    OK VECTOR……SO YOU ARE THE TALL, DARK DOWN TO EARTH GUY I’VE BEEN SEEING WITH MY FRIEND “yom yom” on facebook…..he is always repping for you any time any day….will love to meet you some day(or maybe i will persuade him to invite me to one of your shows) much love brother!

  • cathy July 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

    He is single and that drives me insanely happy…

  • mee July 15, 2012 at 1:25 am

    haba vector! Why are you lying? what about Munachi Okey-Nwosu? the one in babcock university, 300level, department of mass communication . please don’t tell me you aren’t dating that babe o cos you guys are the talk of the school! and she seems really proud of her boo. Vector please don’t tell me you only knacked that babe once or you have been knacking her and she got attached. Eyah *sadface. poor muna baby. i ll take it that you guys broke up then.

  • daodu September 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

    luv u till i die…………………………… vect**

  • opeoluwa…@opintingelito September 3, 2013 at 1:21 am

    God!!!u talk about vector,i love him like i love my self,vector see i have a feeling dat we wld meet one day and u will be ma very good frnd,dat evn my frnds wld envy us,been beggn u 4 a ff bak on twitter bt u dint reply.well i undastand .i like u vry well,2 many of ur pics on ma fone.i love ur Rap like d way u talk wen rappin,and am like olanrewaju wait chill are u dat horny.love u plenty.i wanna be ur Frnd

  • bright giggs April 8, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Am a guy,not a gay but must confuse am the biggest and strongest fan vector would ever have,I wish I could just have the chance to spend just an hour with you,would love to ask so many questions form him,he his my mentor,hero,and my favorite artist,he his the best in the game,his music has really help me in so many ways,even my girl friend dey beef him just because I talk more about him when we ague,I always back him up,I fight for him when me and my friends defends and praise the favorite artist,recently I had a dream that I had the opportunity to be with him,to be honest words could not express how I was feeling,sitting close to him,sharing past experience together,it was like I should not wake up,I never wanted to leave him,have been trying to get him,but I know this would be a miracle if I had the opportunity to see him,have so many things to say to him,I wish you(vector)good luck all the days of your life,you enemies shall fall before you feet,and shall not be defeated,may God almighty give strength to your elbow,keep the music,I dey feel you 24/7,I hope this get to you,I love you (V)

  • bright giggs April 8, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I wish I could just have the chance to spend just an hour with him,would love to ask so many questions from him,he his my mentor,hero,and my favorite artist,he his the best in the game,his music has really help me in so many ways,even my girl friend dey beef him just because I talk more about him when we ague,I always back him up,I fight for him when me and my friends defends and praise our favorite artist,recently I had a dream that I had the opportunity to be with him,to be honest words could not express how I was feeling,sitting close to him,sharing past experience together,it was like I should not wake up,I never wanted to leave him,have been trying to get him,but I know this would be a miracle if I had the opportunity to see him,have so many things to say to him,I wish you(vector)good luck all the days of your life,you enemies shall fall before you feet,and you shall not be defeated,may God almighty give strength to your elbow,keep up the good music,I dey feel you 24/7,I hope this get to you,I love you (V)

  • Vicki September 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Wel i luv vector nd itl b any girls wish 2 hav him bt i tink its decnt enough 2 jst txt appropriately instead of throwing away your decency bcos of him as u cn c he wants decent ladies gud luck 2 al girls

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